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Emmys 2011: Biggest Really?! Nominations

Date July 14, 2011
Jon Cryer Let's get real for a minute: The Emmys, if anything, are predictable. While there quite a few fun surprises -- more on that here -- the 2011 Emmy nominations made us roll our eyes more than a few times.

No, Tony Shalhoub didn't miraculously return from TV afterlife and get a 'Monk' nomination, but these few nods are just about as unbelievable --...

Jon Cryer Let's get real for a minute: The Emmys, if anything, are predictable. While there quite a few fun surprises -- more on that here -- the 2011 Emmy nominations made us roll our eyes more than a few times.

No, Tony Shalhoub didn't miraculously return from TV afterlife and get a 'Monk' nomination, but these few nods are just about as unbelievable -- in a "Come on, really?" kind of way -- as that scenario.

Here, seven nominations that made us roll our eyes, yell at the TV and wonder if things with the Emmys will ever change.

Kathy BatesKathy Bates, 'Harry's Law'
'Harry's Law' was made because Kathy Bates wanted an Emmy nomination, right? Think about it: Quirky lawyer -- she has a gun and works out of a shoe store, you guys -- played by an Oscar and Golden Globe winner. It's perfect Emmy bait. Plus, you put Kathy Bates on a screen anywhere and she'll get an award, no matter how good her show is. (And in case you didn't catch our subtlety, we're saying this one isn't good. At all. Why else would they be retooling so much?)

Mariska HargitayMariska Hargitay, 'Law & Order: SVU'
We get it. She's incredibly good at playing a Detective Olivia Benson. 'Law & Order: SVU' is very addicting show. We're not denying any of that, and we've got nothing against Mariska, but once she won the award five years ago, wasn't she supposed to stop getting nominated to open it up to some fresh faces? Look at last year's biggest surprise win Kyra Sedgwick -- you don't see her on this year's list.

Jon CryerJon Cryer, 'Two and a Half Men'
Sure, he's the backbone of 'Two and a Half Men' and put up with a lot of stuff this past year, but he's hardly a comedy MVP. How did he manage another nomination when the likes of Nick Offerman of 'Parks and Recreation' was left by the wayside?
Glee'Glee'
There's no denying 'Glee''s popularity, but best comedy? Stack 'Glee' up against 'Parks and Recreation' or '30 Rock' and the show wouldn't even make it to regionals. There's no competition in terms of series quality and laugh quantity.

Beau BridgesBeau Bridges, 'Brothers & Sisters'
The nomination of Beau Bridges follows the same logic as Kathy Bates's nomination. Beau Bridges + drama = Emmy nomination. It doesn't matter that the show had an unbelievably bad final run before getting the axe -- note its absence in every single other category -- but one guest spot is all it takes.

The Kennedys'The Kennedys'
Just because it was filled with star power doesn't mean it was good. Did Emmy voters watch this mini-series? The accents alone were enough to make us laugh out loud and, if you remember history, their story is not exactly a comedy.

Jane LynchJane Lynch, 'Glee'
The 'Glee' star is incredibly funny and great in almost everything she does ... but Season 2 of 'Glee'? Not so much. She did the best with what she was handed, but this nomination gets an eye-roll simply because 1) she turned into the Grinch at one point during the season (literally), and 2) she tried to make us forget that by getting all emotional and tear-jerky when Sue Sylvester's sister died. But she is hosting the show this year, so I guess this was to be expected.

For a full list of 2011 Emmy nominees click here.


'The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards' air Sunday Sept. 18, 8PM ET on Fox.

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